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brazil’s yacare caiman was once hunted to near extinction for its valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade, its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.

photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish seen here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.

That final lengthy comment is very insightful and informative, but I do really enjoy the fact that multiple cats are working together to beat out the human race in a game of tug-of-war.

earthandanimals:

bigcatawareness:

wolfstrider:

thomassawyerismyname:

mangiemay:

irvinator1:

booksarerevolution:

vegankween:

1. Those tigers look thin.

2. Zoos are fucking stupid.

3. Capturing wild animals and using them for human entertainment is a super shitty thing to do.

4. This is not cool.

This is abuse and horrible.  Zoos are prisons.

Some zoos only take old animals to where they are given an easy life. Their maintenance is funded by people coming into the zoo.

Those tigers are not thin.

"Zoos are fucking stupid" wow such science you sold me

They weren’t captured for this purpose, they probably weren’t captured at all, it’s called rescuing. 

This is cool.

This is not abuse, it’s actually exercise if you think about it.

Zoos are not prisons. Zoos allow us to rescue animals, research them, and protect them from hunters and the dangers that we, as humans, impose on them.

I’m so done with all the shit about zoos on my fucking dash. 

Zoos literally save animals every day so why don’t you do your freaking research.

This comment is perfect^

Animals come to zoos as a result of 

  • being born captive
  • getting injured in the wild and rescued to live a healthy life in captivity
  • being rescued from black market dealers, private collectors, or the like who decide that they can no longer care for the animals or who had been illegally keeping the animals
  • being in a breeding program to increase their numbers because the animal is endangered in the wild

If you knew anything about tigers at all, you’d know that they are endangered in the wild due to poaching and hunting. It is of utmost importance that their numbers increase, or they will go extinct within the next fifty years. I don’t know what zoo this is so I don’t know their reputation, but the tigers look healthy, and this tug-of-war is good for them because some animals get stressed in zoos when they are bored. This isn’t solely to entertain zoo guests, it is to give the tigers something fun to do.

Zoos do not snatch animals from the wild without a good reason. If you want to protest animal captivity, go to SeaWorld and protest the orcas being kept there, they are far too large to belong in such cramped spaces and they are solely kept for entertainment.

Thank you and good day.

Received an ask about this.  I actually addressed this briefly here when the pictures were submitted to me.  I’ll briefly repeat myself that the first and third pictures are Busch Gardens.  The middle is the Wuhan Zoo in China that is not a great facility, and I will agree that the tigers in the middle are thin.  So I speak on this topic in regards the the first and third pictures that do it right.

This is not abuse. Learn what abuse really is.  This is enrichment, and it is a safe way for the public to interact with the animals.  It is soemthing the tigers can choose to do because they enjoy it.  Which allows zoogoers to take away a great story, where they are more likely to connect with the animal and be concerned with its welfare and conservation.  

These tigers are captive born.  There is no need any longer to take animals like this from the wild because captive populations exist.  For example, a giraffe has not been brought to the US from the wild in 30 some years. Some zoos, and less savory facilities will still wild capture, but most often it is done with smaller species, and it is not done often.  Most commonly, wild tiger captures for zoos are done in India, and in some cases they are maneaters that are given that alternative to being killed by villagers or other entities.  In the US?  Tigers from accredited facilities like this, and even the countless animals in the exotic pet trade are captive born.

Again, These animals are captive born.  And will remain such because they cannot be released. Ever.  These kinds of things are done to keep these animals stimulated and active.  Which is important by the way.

Do not use blanket statements with zoos.  Some zoos are terrible and cruel, yes.  But the majority, especially accredited facilities, are important teaching facilities that provide excellent care for their animals.  People that can actually see these animals like this are going to be the people that will be motivated to teach others about them and do their part in conservation.  Good zoos inspire the younger generations to pick up in similar fields.  To help.

 Also, by the way, good zoos allocate portions of their profits to local and international conservation organizations.

If you want to take the time to read a great article about the conservational importance of zoos and the tireless researchers that work for them, look here.

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